"The past is never fully gone. It is absorbed into the present and the future. It stays to shape what we are and what we do."
Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia, Inaugural Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture, August 1996.

Training FCV Supervisory Staff

Brian Fry (bio)

Ref: Circumspice – One Hundred Years of Forestry Education Centred on Creswick, Victoria. p 150.

The FCV began technical staff training (in a formal way) in 1946, by holding an internally-run Foreman’s School at Kinglake West to lift the skill levels of field supervisory staff; 41 trainees commenced with 28 graduating. Another School at Kinglake West in 1946/47, managed by Thomas W Loughrey, involved 47 ex-servicemen and five people from the Tasmanian Forest Service. Thirty five completed the five month course.

A School in 1947/48 run by Neil Carr was held for 35 trainees – 20 graduating in November that year. 1950 saw a School run by W M Flentje, then in 1962 Max Boucher, Fred Craig and Dennis O’Connor ran a School at Broadford. Another was held at Broadford in 1966 run by Max Boucher, Darren Gribble and Dennis O’Connor. A final internally-run School was managed by Rod Incoll, with John Slater and John Bywater, in 1973 at Moondarra. These courses were all based on curriculum material developed by the FCV, and successful candidates were approved by the Public Service Board for acceptance to the classification of Forest Overseer Grade 1. The participants for these courses were mainly drawn from work crews of the FCV, but in some instances they took people from the outside world.

In 1974, the Victorian School of Forestry became one of a group of campuses involved with a Victorian Government scheme to formalize technical training for a number of Departments. The Certificate of Applied Science (Conservation and Resource Development) became the training course for FCV technical staff. This particular course involved a range of Departments with Crown Land and other land-based resource management responsibilites. This training was overseen by the Education Department. The course was over 12 weeks 3each year for three years, and it was designed to give formal training within a work-based environment. FCV trainees (generally recruited from field-based work crews) were joined by National Park Rangers for these courses.

Subjects for the dual group were:

Administrative Procedures
Behavioural Studies A & B (two units)
Communication and Report Writing A & B (two units)
Supervision 1A
Introduction to Ecology A & B (two units)
Natural Resources and Operations A & B (two units)
Field Engineering A & B (two units)


Specialised units for FCV trainees were:

Field Botany 1A,
Fire Behaviour
Fire Protection
Forest Law
Forest Utilisation
Forest Measuring and Recording
Silviculture A & B (two units)
Road Construction and Maintenance
Forest Safety and First Aid
Forest Management A & B (two units)


Subject material was presented by staff from FCV and other Government departments. As before successful participants were accepted into Public Service Board positions in the FCV.

In 1985/86, the Certificate of Applied Science was elevated to the level of Associate Diploma of Applied Science (ADAS) after some subject material review. This level later morphed into the Associate Degree of Forest Management administered by the University of Melbourne in 2007.